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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally only printed the day after the day on which they are lodged and then with the complete list of motions and amendments lodged the previous week which is published in this section of the Bulletin every Monday. That list also contains any motions lodged for debate in the forthcoming week.

Where the text of a motion or amendment is altered, the motion or amendment is re-printed with the changes marked by asterisks in the text.

Where a motion or amendment attracts additional support after it is first published, that additional support is shown separately at the end of this section.

Motions which members wish to be considered for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#).

Motions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site at Current Motions

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-2470# Tommy Sheridan: Support for Strike on 23 March 2005 Against Pensions Robbery—That the Parliament notes the UK Government’s proposals to attack the pension rights of millions of public sector workers through raising the retirement age from 60 to 65 and replacing final salary schemes with inferior "career average" or "defined contribution" schemes; believes that these pension proposals represent an unprecedented attack on public sector workers and will result in increased poverty and illness among millions who already try to survive on low wages and inadequate pensions; notes that the average pension level in local government amounts to only £3,800 a year and that the Government’s proposals will make matters worse not better, and accordingly declares its full support for the one-day strike action on 23 March 2005 planned by public sector unions in opposition to New Labour’s pensions plunder and robbery.

*S2M-2469 Tommy Sheridan: Drop Charges Against Martin Gleeson—That the Parliament notes the decision of Greater Manchester Police to prosecute Oldham Trades Council leader and Amicus trade union activist, Martin Gleeson, for criminal damage for placing a wreath on top of one previously laid by the fascist British National Party (BNP) during Holocaust Memorial Day in Oldham; recognises that the fascist BNP propaganda seeks to deny the Holocaust; believes that removing or covering a wreath laid by this deeply offensive and racist party does not constitute criminal damage but is the reasonable action of any committed anti-fascist, anti-racist and trade union member, and calls for charges against Martin Gleeson to be dropped immediately and the fascist and racist character of the BNP to be exposed at every opportunity.

*S2M-2468 Chris Ballance: Nuclear Non-Proliferation—That the Parliament warmly welcomes the national tour being conducted in February and March by the veteran and inveterate peace campaigner and CND Vice-President, Bruce Kent, to draw attention to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference taking place in New York in May; supports the theme of the tour, as organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, to build the conditions to "Abolish all nukes now", recognises that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has, since 1968, formed the basis for a near-universal non-proliferation regime, with a commitment to nuclear disarmament at the heart of this; recalls that, under the NPT, the nearly 200 non-nuclear weapons states promised not to obtain nuclear weapons in exchange for disarmament by existing nuclear weapons states, which unfortunately has not been implemented despite the requirements of Article Six of the NPT upon the nuclear weapons signatory states, comprising the United Kingdom, United States of America, Russia, China and France; recalls that, at the 2000 NPT Review Conference, the nuclear weapons states made ‘an unequivocal undertaking’ towards nuclear disarmament and agreed on 13 steps towards disarmament, and calls on the UK Government to honour this commitment.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Campbell Martin*, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Eleanor Scott*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-2467 Roseanna Cunningham: Rotary International 100th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates rotarians throughout Scotland celebrating their 100th anniversary on their contribution to humanitarian achievements at home and abroad since Rotary International, the world’s largest international service organisation, was founded by Paul Harris; notes that 1.2 million volunteer men and women rotarians in 166 countries will be celebrating the anniversary; notes that Rotary’s donation of $600 million for the worldwide eradication of polio in partnership with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention); commends Rotary for its visionary Rotary Africa Hope project, in partnership with Hope and Homes for Children, for orphans of the Rwandan genocide and AIDS victims in South Africa; applauds rotarians for extensive community work with the needy, schools and the elderly, and encourages present and future rotarians to continue with their commitment to the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-2466 Mr David Davidson: Montrose Air Station Heritage Trust—That the Parliament welcomes the Heritage Lottery Fund award of £30,600 to Montrose Air Station Heritage Trust; congratulates all those involved in developing the museum, restoring original equipment and applying for the funds; wishes the Trust every success as it begins the task of using the funds to develop and maintain its important and historic collection, and further welcomes the injection of lottery monies into the north east and looks forward to the area receiving a greater share of lottery funding in future.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-2465 Bill Butler: Drumchapel Community Credit Union—That the Parliament congratulates Drumchapel Community Credit Union on the occasion of its 35th anniversary; notes that it is widely acknowledged as having been the first credit union in Scotland; further notes that it currently has 2,000 full members and 500 junior members; acknowledges the contribution which Drumchapel Community Credit Union and credit unions throughout Scotland make in providing low-cost loans and encouraging regular saving in respect of their members, and wishes Drumchapel Community Credit Union every success for the future.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mike Watson*, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Eleanor Scott*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Brian Adam*, Christine May*, Rob Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Tommy Sheridan*, Trish Godman*, Chris Ballance*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

*S2M-2463.1 Stewart Stevenson: Identity Cards—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2463) in the name of Patrick Harvie, insert at end "and expresses concern that the data format and operation likely to be associated with proposed identity cards conforms to no formal international standard and carries the real risk of data disclosure to commercial interests."

*S2M-2463.2 Carolyn Leckie: Identity Cards—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2463) in the name of Patrick Harvie, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "believes that the Parliament should take a clear stand against the principle and implementation of a national identity card and the identity database; congratulates campaigners for their efforts so far, and hopes for their success in halting implementation of the Identity Cards Bill."

*S2M-2463.3 Jeremy Purvis: Identity Cards—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2463) in the name of Patrick Harvie, leave out from first "notes" to end and insert "regrets the introduction of the Identity Cards Bill to the UK Parliament, notes the consistent opposition to these proposals by Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons on the grounds that they will be ineffective in their stated aim of reducing terrorism; believes that there is an excessive cost to the individual and the taxpayer in introducing the identity card; believes that it will lead to increased discrimination and harassment; is concerned for the protection of civil liberties with the lack of definition of how the card will be used; further believes that the UK Government should explore more effective anti identity and benefits fraud, illegal immigration and illegal working measures; is further concerned with the UK Government’s intention that by 2013 it will be compulsory for UK citizens to possess an ID card and to produce it when accessing designated public services, and welcomes the commitment by the Scottish Executive that identity cards will not be necessary for accessing devolved services."

*S2M-2463.4 Mr Alasdair Morrison: Identity Cards—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2463) in the name of Patrick Harvie, leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert "welcomes the current position of the Scottish Executive in relation to devolved services; believes that identity cards are a central tool in the fight against organised crime and international terrorism; further notes that ID cards would provide a gold standard of identity in the modern world, and recognises that ID cards have attracted overwhelming public support as they assist significantly in delivering safer, more secure communities."

Supported by: Scott Barrie*

*S2M-2462.1 Mr Jim Wallace: Towards an Energy Efficiency Strategy in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2462) in the name of Shiona Baird, after "improve quality of life" insert "and increase competitiveness of businesses in Scotland"

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

*S2M-2462.2 Alex Johnstone: Towards an Energy Efficiency Strategy in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2462) in the name of Shiona Baird, leave out from "has a key part" to end and insert "is widely recognised as the cheapest, cleanest and safest way of achieving Britain’s climate change commitments; notes that while climate change is a global challenge, energy efficiency gives ordinary people an opportunity to act locally and make a contribution, but believes, however, that the Scottish Executive could do more to promote energy efficiency in Scotland."

*S2M-2462.3 Christine Grahame: Towards an Energy Efficiency Strategy in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2462) in the name of Shiona Baird, leave out from "and commends" to end and insert "while supporting any moves to increase energy efficiency notes that this must be in tandem with eradicating fuel poverty which affects 13% of households involving some 30,000 children; notes that, for every 5% increase in fuel prices, 30,000 are returned to fuel poverty and that one in five pensioners struggle to keep warm, all of which is often compounded by damp and poor housing conditions which is to be deplored in an energy and resources-rich nation; notes that endeavours to amend the Housing (Scotland) Bill in 2001 to raise tolerable standards, including measures to facilitate energy efficiency, were resisted by the Executive on the argument that its fuel poverty strategy would resolve these problems which it singularly is failing to do; calls on the Executive to raise mandatory housing standards as a matter of urgency, and affirms that only an integrated approach to energy efficiency and fuel poverty can both impact on climate change and improve quality of life."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2460 Eurosource (Falkirk) Quality Scotland Award (lodged on 22 February 2005) Michael Matheson*

S2M-2458 Newlands Primary School (lodged on 22 February 2005) Michael Matheson*

S2M-2454 Stress Down Friday, 4 March 2005 (lodged on 22 February 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2447 Subtitling of Sweet Sixteen (lodged on 21 February 2005) Frances Curran*

S2M-2446# VIP On Air (lodged on 21 February 2005) Tommy Sheridan*, Stewart Stevenson*, Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*, Cathie Craigie*, Shiona Baird*, Trish Godman*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr David Davidson*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2445 Sodexho Fingerprinting Plans (lodged on 21 February 2005) Frances Curran*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2444# Protect Public Sector Pensions (lodged on 18 February 2005) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-2442 Trafficking in People (lodged on 18 February 2005) Sarah Boyack*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Frances Curran*, Shiona Baird*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Donald Gorrie*, Chris Ballance*, Trish Godman*

S2M-2441 National Pubs Week (lodged on 18 February 2005) Murdo Fraser*

S2M-2440 Microcredit (lodged on 17 February 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2438 National Science Week - 11 to 20 March 2005 (lodged on 17 February 2005) Eleanor Scott*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2437 Clocks in the Chamber (lodged on 16 February 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2436 Funding for Free Personal Care (lodged on 15 February 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-2433 Remarks by Ken Livingstone (lodged on 15 February 2005) Murdo Fraser*

S2M-2430 Victory for McLibel Two (lodged on 15 February 2005) Eleanor Scott*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2429 Richard Holloway - Chair of the Scottish Arts Council (lodged on 15 February 2005) Eleanor Scott*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2428 Congratulations to Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles (lodged on 11 February 2005) Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Alex Fergusson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Murdo Fraser*, Mary Scanlon*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-2427# Congratulations to Home Aid, Bathgate (lodged on 11 February 2005) Scott Barrie*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2425# Franz Ferdinand Rocks (lodged on 11 February 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2424 The Fight Against Email Spam (lodged on 11 February 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2419 Responsible Development of Onshore Wind Farms (lodged on 10 February 2005) Nora Radcliffe*, Scott Barrie*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Helen Eadie*, Trish Godman*, Maureen Macmillan*, Christine May*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Mike Watson*, Marlyn Glen*, Donald Gorrie*, Bristow Muldoon*

S2M-2416 British Heart Foundation - Real Valentine Appeal (lodged on 10 February 2005) Maureen Macmillan*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2413 Historic Scotland Ranger Service, Holyrood Park (lodged on 9 February 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2411# Co-operative Education (lodged on 9 February 2005) Frances Curran*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Des McNulty*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Robert Brown*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2406 Scottish Development International (lodged on 8 February 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2398.1 Tory Comments (lodged on 15 February 2005) Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-2387# Fairtrade Fortnight (lodged on 8 February 2005) Frances Curran*

S2M-2384# Scottish Civic Forum (lodged on 7 February 2005) Shiona Baird*, Shona Robison*, Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-2372# G8 Summit (lodged on 3 February 2005) Stewart Stevenson*, Richard Lochhead*, Frances Curran*, Campbell Martin*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Shiona Baird*, Bruce Crawford*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2364# Civilian Peace Service (lodged on 2 February 2005) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-2332 Holocaust Memorial Day (lodged on 26 January 2005) Frances Curran*

S2M-2289# Newspaper and Magazine Industry (lodged on 21 January 2005) Margo MacDonald*

S2M-2276# The Future of Clydeside Shipyards (lodged on 19 January 2005) Frances Curran*

S2M-2232# Audit of Services for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Statistical Report (2004) (lodged on 10 January 2005) Frances Curran*